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Mixed Media Bookmarks

teacher avatar Tara Mercer, Mixed Media Artist

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14 Lessons (1h)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. Tools and Materials

    • 3. Back Page

    • 4. Preparing our Surface

    • 5. Paint

    • 6. Texture

    • 7. Borders

    • 8. Shapes

    • 9. Shadows and Details

    • 10. Extra Details

    • 11. Finishing Touches 1

    • 12. Finishing 2

    • 13. Ribbons

    • 14. Good Bye

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Step by step instruction of making Mixed Media Bookmarks.  We will play with paint and paper to come up with bright and colourful bookmarks, that you can personalize and make totally your own.  

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Tara Mercer

Mixed Media Artist


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1. Intro: Hi there. And welcome to mixed media bookmarks. My name is Terry Mercer. In this video, I'm gonna walk you step by step through my process on how I make these big break beautiful book works. Whether you personalize them to give them a gifts or you want to sell them at the local craft fair, the possibilities are endless. So I hope you'll join me for mixed media bookmarks. 2. Tools and Materials: Let's talk about the materials and tools that we're gonna need for today. So the tools would be I'm starting. And when you be using a heat gun, then I have a regular sized hole punch a couple of different pairs of scissors. Rulers on a pencil have a couple of just plain old paintbrushes. Nothing fancy. Have a water bottle with our spray bottle with water in it. I have a couple water for my paintbrushes. I have a stencil. This one just happens to be stars. A couple of artists. Pens from Faber Castell, the red one. I used to sign my work, the gray one ISS for some shadows. Have ribbons for the final touches. Have some washi tape for textures, and then I have some paper towel and some tissues. If some stamps a variety of stamps, some of them I bought in the store, some of them I made myself. Whatever you have on hand is great. And then I also have a set that on Alphabet sent for the stamps. I have two different. They're both black, but they're both archival, which means that I can put once they're drying and put layers on top, and they're not going to smear around their boat. Like I said, both black but the big one I used for the stamps themselves and then the smaller when I used for edging the corpse for my surface, I'm gonna be preparing it with some Jess. Oh, and then my paint choices for the front of my bookmarks are four of my favorite colors, just in student, great heavy body and the back I have. Golden's fluid acrylics in very similar colors will be applying them both differently, so you'll see the difference There. I have a couple of fine liner bottles with golden high floor Curl X and them one and white , one in black, and then I have a bottle of Gloucester medium. I'm working on a Ranger Kraft Matt, but you can use whatever you've got. It doesn't matter and then have pages for shapes, book pages. I have a piece of white printer paper for use with the Washington Have a sheet of quotes that I'm going to pick a couple, put on the back and then our surface. We're working on a page of watercolor paper, £140 3. Back Page: for the back of our project. I'm going to be using golden fluid acrylics. And I'm do using these because, honestly, it's what I have on hand. But craft paint, any kind of paint will work. But I'm doing a watercolor effect, and I find that these spread really nice in the water. And again, I have them on hand. So I have the back side of my of my paper ready to go and on Mycroft, Matt, this is where my water bottle comes in to play. So I'm going to express my area with some water, and then I'm going to take my yellow, and I'm gonna take one dab of paint on my finger, and I'm just gonna spread it in the water. I want a nice watercolor effect without it being watercolors, because I want to be able to add stuff on top of this. So then I'm going to with my with my paint and water puddles on the surface. I'm just going to down my paper randomly with no rhyme or reason. And I'm just gonna pick up that water down paint. Then I'm going Teoh, wipe it up on dso the fluid acrylics again. Baikal are really super pigmented, so I don't and I don't necessarily want it that strong. So now I'm gonna take my tissue and I'm gonna pick up a lot of what's there. What's left over this helps to lighten up that paint and also helps it dry a little quicker . But if you like that dark, more saturated color than feel free to just leave it and let it dry. Or this is when your heat gun comes into into plate. You just want to make sure you move it around so that it doesn't burn or bubble. You also want to be careful with the heat guns. If you're not working on a craft, Matt, this one in particular, is built for the heat. That's what it's made for, and so it is safe to use my heat gun on it a lot. But if I was to use it directly on plastic, or would it could burn the wood and melt the plastic, so just keep that in mind. So now I'm gonna do the same thing. But I'm gonna change my color and use the pink. I want to dry in between layers because I want to have that difference. I don't want the colors, the wet paint mixing on the back of the page. I would like to have a visual mixed, but it's still like to have that separation. So spritz spritz my surface. I have one dab of paint on my finger, and I'm just going to spread it out. It's a little fix a little bit more really going for a nice, nice, quiet ish watercolor effect. And then I'm gonna do the exact same thing. So I'm just gonna doubt it down here and there randomly. Then I can look and see if you want to add more than missed a spot usually tend to do. There we go can clean up my mess to pick up some of that hate. I love the randomness of this process because you just can't mimic it. You can do it the same way every time. Then you get that nice, beautiful watercolor effect. Hit this with a gun. So now something you could do is you could go in with those same two colors again and do that again and again and again until you get the background that you want for me. I'm going to use my my blue this time, my teal. But this time I want to do it a little differently. So this is where my one of my paintbrushes is gonna come in. I'm gonna spray, and then I'm just gonna take a very, very tiny amount of the paint on my finger again. Very, very little bees. It's so pigmented and it just I want it really watery. And then I'm gonna pick up with my paintbrush and then I'm just going to splatter. This will give me a little more control of where my color is going to be, and it's going to be less in your face this way. I really enjoy putting the quotes on the back to personalize these for people. And so I would like that to be the showcase of the back little quirk. Not necessary, but not necessarily the paint. But I do love to have something going on in the background cause that would be dull if you didn't so again. And now I'm taking it too soon, and it is very, very faint. But that's OK. I can always add more later if that's what I want to do? Yeah, you can't even hardly tell I did anything with Blue. I think I might do that one again. It's no. I watered this one down quite a bit. So it's going to be even fainter, and I definitely don't want to dab it up like it did the last time. This time I'm going to use my heat tool, and I'm gonna dry it so that those splotches stay more visible. Okay? And don't worry if your paper curls cause that's just the nature of paper. And when we add the Jessel to the other side, that'll flatten it right out. So we're ready to go and move on to the next stage. 4. Preparing our Surface: So let's get the front of our page ready for the next step. So we want to make sure that we put Jessel on the paper on this side. We didn't do it on this side because we wanted that watercolor effect where the water and the paint soaked into the paper. But we don't want that on the front side of this because it would just take way too much product to cover the whole thing. And I find that on dry paper, the paint sticks funny and it doesn't spread the way that I would like it to. Jess. Oh makes all the difference in the world. So I'm just going to put on a light layer of gesso trying to get the whole thing. But I'm really not too concerned. If I miss a corner or a spot here and there something, I found two that sometimes I can in that just just a little bit and help it move a little bit easier with just a spritz or two of water or a damper, paintbrush and all. Have it picked up any pain from before from that first process of do any other side, it doesn't matter. We're going to cover it all up Rates. When you have a nice layer just in there, you want to drive with your heat tool and then we'll get on with the next part. 5. Paint: before we get to paint. I just wanted to mention that not all pain is safer Finger painting. I try and always use paint that conforms to a S T M D dash for 236 which will be stated on the label. And I never paint finger paint with cadmium colors. But if you're unsure uncomfortable, please just use a brush for gloves just to be on the safe side. Now that our page is just old and dry and ready to go to receive some paint, um, I pulled out my these air, my heavy body student grade acrylics. Just my hat. They haven't my favorite colors. Pick whatever you like. You can also use just craft paint or whatever you've got on hand. I love these colors cause they work really well together and the bright and vibrant. And I just need to keep in mind when I'm mixing them on the page cause there's lots of mixing that I do on the page. I want to make sure that I don't mix the pink and the green together because then I'm gonna get brown or a dull just a dull color that I'm not crazy about again. I'm going for Brighton vibrant. So when I put them down, I just want to make sure that if I'm putting the green with the pink or vice versa, the one on the bottom is dry, and I forgot to mention before, but I also have some baby wipes for cleanup because I am always paint with my fingers. So have a baby weight ready to go. And all I'm gonna do is I'm just gonna start with my favorite color. This is Quinn Magenta, and I'm just gonna squeeze on some pain. And you can put down a pallet if you like, like, have your colors laid out and ready to go. But I like the spontaneity of this. And I tend to always squeeze up too much pain onto a pallet, and then I end up way See it. So this way I don't because my yellow and my pink made orange before you get out my blue. I want to make sure my fingers clean or papers just clean because I don't want again. That will make a muddy color that I don't want tear, tear and the worst color. This is not exactly what I was going for. But I do love the magenta, and this is Ocean green, and I really like the way that they make such a lovely violent color. And all I'm trying to do is get some interesting color going and some variety while trying to cover the whole surface. Some people like to have the paper texture show through, but I'm not a fan of that personally, so I prefer to, um, mix and move the painter on until the pores basically of the paper are full. So now I want to add some greens. I'm going to be careful to add my green near the blue, because again, that's harmonious without mixing. And hopefully I'm close to dry. As it is, he's dried quite quickly, but my pink over here is fairly dry, so I'm gonna just put some green next to because again, the reason that green and pink make brown when they mix together is they are the complement of one another, which means they make each other pop one side by side. But the Makhmud if you mix them together, so no, I just need to decide where he wants more snow. I really want some just plain yellow. - I had this with my heat gun because I would like to add some Corinne in here, but I really need that to be driver. You will find an artist grade paint that it's not as pigmented as artist story. The student grade paint is not as pigmented as the artist grade, so sometimes you run into colors like this one that aren't as saturated and is opaque as I'd like. So I'm just going in with a second layer. Have a couple of spots where I still have my paper texture poking through. And that's not terrible. It's, you know, it's just my personal thing. I like to make sure that it's completely covered. So there have paint on my entire surface, and it's thicker in some spots and dinner and others, which means it's gonna take a little while to dry again. You could use your heat to, or you could just leave it and because we want it to be dry on the next step. But I'm happy with how I have lots of color going on, and now we're gonna be cutting this into four equal parts, so you want to make sure at this stage you want toe that you have as much color going. So if you're visualizing, this is going to be this long here. This piece right here and I've got lots of variation going on. This piece here is going to be much more very, uh, warm colors. Not a lot of blue. Not a lot of cool colors, I should say. So maybe when Once it's dry, I'm gonna want to come in here and maybe add a few dots or a few swipes of a cool color in order to contrast with that warm color. And then here I have lots going on different colors there. And then again, the outside looks great as well. So you just have to decide kind of visualize where your the pieces that are going to be at the end and decide if you want. Add any extras to that. There is always a chance later to ADM. Or if you decide to that so it's not a big deal, but I've been hit that with the heat tool, and then we're gonna come back with the next step 6. Texture: Now that our paint is dry, we're gonna move on to the next step. And what I like to do now is I like to section off each individual one so that I can work on the sheet. But I can also see it as individuals. So this is a nine by 12. And so I'm going to get four at three inches of peace. So I'm just going to mark that out. Drumline. Okay, so now I have my my four equal sections, and now I'm going to move on to the stamping. So with my black archival ink and my stamps, I'm just gonna do some random. What I'm trying to do is I'm trying to build up the visual interest through the layers. So we started with the first layer of paint, and now we're moving into the next layer of mark making. So if you don't have stamps, you can just use a pen. You just want to make sure again that it's archival or permanent. So sharpies work really good, but you have to make sure that your paint is dry, like thoroughly dry, because it will record pens. So if you touch it to the back of your hand. If it feels cool to the touch, then it's still wet and you might want to wait so you might have to do it over a two day period. But if you're just going to stamp that, it's not a big deal. So have this chicken wires stamp that I really like and I don't put it on a block. I just do it random. And because I'm not looking for an all over texture and then I just stick it down wherever I think it needs to be, try and get a little bit in each spot, each thing section and then you don't wanna overdo it. And then I like Teoh not not think it every single time because then it gets lesser and it gives a little bit more interest to it, - okay , and you can do as much or as little stamping as you like. I really like to use numbers or letter steps, you know, just random. And then again, I'm not taking the whole thing. I'm just taking a section of it and I'm just pushing it down with one and then turned the stamps so you get lots of different it's. And my thing is, I don't want to make the same thing over and over again. So this way I'm doing it randomly without a whole lot of thought. I'm just doing it intuitively. I can't. I mean, I could try and repeat it, but I don't. I don't think it have very much success. So I'm gonna use some dots. And if you have, like border stamps that you want to use along the borders instead of the next step that we do, that's totally fine. And you can even take some letters, different letters. At this point, you could do so. I have a few letters here. They're not very big, though, so don't imagine that I would do too much of them. I don't normally I normally put a word or two on the front as well, and that's probably what we'll do. But you could just stamp on where's affects the extra discursive X doesn't get used in anything. And there's this. If you're doing it for someone you know when you love, you could do X L X. You could put their name, you know, make it really personalized. Let them know house. You took the time to make this work. And now that the stumping is done, I have lots of visual going on. But it's not too busy because I still have other layers. I want out on top. So I'm gonna get my Washington pretty, and then we're gonna get going on that. 7. Borders: Okay, so I'm going to make borders for the top and the bottom, and you could do that. So washi tape is a very usually transparent tape decorative tape that you buy at, uh, Staples. I've found some and but primarily places like Michael's in Hobby Lobby. And it's very transparent, so you can see your color through it. And I find that rather disappointing because I love the pop of the black and the white on top of all that color. So what I like to do is I like to take my tape and put it down onto a piece of paper, and I'm gonna have some black and white dots for the bottom. You have to do another one, and then I have a little one that says, Oh, happy Day. So that was quite work. So do that a little bit more so the dots, because it's a wider tape going to cut off the edge, and then I'm gonna do something funky. You got a fancy scissors. You could use those, but I find that just and then cut off the top. Have you don't want that flat edge? You can go in and it's that one kind of funky too. But the idea is is that I put this down here and they don't continue on. And then I'll do the top. Oh, happy day across the top. - And this is where your glass medium is gonna come into play. So figure out where you want to put it on. I like to figure that out and then keep it in place with one hand. Include down. Do you want to do a glue sandwich? One of glue on the bottom and glue on the top? - We're gonna put a layer gel, medium one everything. I don't need to do it right now, but instead of wasting it, we might as well just added here, nice pop of black and white to really offset against those bright colors. So we're gonna get started on her shapes. 8. Shapes: Let's move on to our shapes. So I have a star stents alone. And normally what I'd like to do is I like to do hearts or stars. And so for the stars instead of their the ruler, try and do it. I have this great stencil, so I just trace out onto whatever paper I'm gonna use. Just go go around the inside and then I cut that shape out. So and then I just do as many of those as I want to do. And then for hearts, I don't want anything too big. I prefer either a long skinny hurt or a short fat heart. So I like to just fold the paper a little bit. And then, just like you did when you were a kid, make hurts. And then I like to sometimes mix hearts and stars, or just heart, or just stars, or whatever the choice, whatever you prefer. And if you prefer other shapes you into other shapes, you could do big circles and make them into flowers, or you could anything you want to do, you can do it. So you just want to go through and make your shapes. And when we are done with their shapes will come back and we'll do our composition. And when you're making your shapes, you just want to kind of visualize what you're doing. You could have one big one and then maybe a couple of stars here. You could put a word down here. You could. You don't cut pictures on a newspaper or starting magazines. You know, you could stamp onto plain paper and cut that out. It just honestly, the only limitation is your imagination. So I'm gonna do some more hearts and finish up with my stars, and then we'll come back and glue them down. - Okay , So I have my shapes done, and now I just need to decide how I want to do this. And again, I have four separate things that won't necessarily be seen together again. So I can repeat patterns. I can have the same thing on everyone. It doesn't matter. It's just whatever you want to do. I do like to do small and large together for mediums together. But again, you're just gonna do it feels right for you and then to you also maybe want to pick out your background and what colors. What spots of your background you want to really have showcased? Like I really like this little section right there where there's a blend of smudge and and color going on. I really like that. So maybe I want to put a smaller star above that instead of covering it up with a bigger star. Or if you've got a word specifically put out that you wanna have a showcase, then you could work your work, your shapes around that instead, this'll is one of those times where you can showcase the part of the piece that you've fallen in love with there. That so I'm gonna take my my glass Jill again, and I'm gonna take I'm gonna go everything down. - Okay ? So this is where we want to make sure that everything is glued down very well and for the next step to work properly after we've dried it, we need to have a layer of gloss Joe on top. So we did most of that already with the extra from that from the borders. But make sure that you have done a layer of glass, Joe on top of everything. It helps with the next step So I'm gonna hit this with the heat gun. And when that's done, will continue on to the next step. 9. Shadows and Details: okay. Air page is coming along nicely or shapes or glued down pages dry, But things are looking a little unfinished, so we want to add some dimension to the shapes to get them to pop off the page a bit more. That's where this pin comes in handy. This is a Faber Castell artist pit pen, and it's fairly dark. It's a cold gray, and this one happens to be the brush tip. The great thing about these is that they're made from India ink, but their permanent when they're dry. But they still have a little bit of working time, and they will move. Sharpies won't work for this part because you can't smudge a Sharpie. Once you lay it down, it's there permanently. So what I'm gonna do with this is I'm just gonna go around the edge, shape and smudge it out. But you got to do it quickly and one section at a time Do is draw a line and then smudge it out with my finger, adding some shadow. So I'm just gonna go around each individual shape that very same way, - way go all our shapes outlined and smudged, and you could go through and make this far more precise if you wanted to and really have it be a perfect shadow. But I like the randomness and the grunge look personally, So I just smudge it and do it very haphazardly, because I do like to get some of that dark up onto the book page, and I'd like to have it just look kind of grungy and rough. But it's up to you. How perfect you want that to be. Okay, let's move on to the next spot where we are going to accent or shapes even more. That's where are fine. Liner comes in with the golden high flow acrylics, so high flows are very pigmented and very much the consistency of ink. But they and so they work really nice coming out of a fine liner, which has a needle tip on it. And the idea behind that is to just get a really thin line and so you don't have to use thes if you don't have them. You could do this with a pen, a Sharpie, woodwork, whatever you've got, even a paint pen again, they'll make sure that your papers really dry because it will wreck your sharpies if it's even remotely wet. So all I like to do is I like to take a piece of tissue and I like to blow all of the air out of it so that I don't have any bubbles. I was still going to get bubbles, but not as many this way, so that I like to keep it on its side tree. And then I want to very messily, because that's my process. What I prefer I like to go around the edges of everything. So I'm gonna work from left to right, because I'm right handed. But you do whatever works for you, and all I do is I just kind of follow the shape of the star whilst making squiggly again. I like that grungy, messy look for these. I have found that I enjoy the process and the outcome more if I am less precise and like a little bitter of mess going on. As you can see, it's nothing fancy, nothing perfect at all. And so now I'm gonna do that around each of the shapes. - One other thing I like to do with the hearts is it like to do a little squiggle that almost looks like a heartbeat that you would see on E K. G. It just brings a little more interest on work going on a little more thought to it. So we no need to let this dry completely, and then we'll come back and we'll keep adding our our next bets. 10. Extra Details: So are black paint around the edge of our stars is drover. Shapes is dry, and I noticed when so I'm using for my for my shapes. All I used was a book text. I think it was from an old dictionary type book on. What I try and do is while I'm cutting out the shapes and doing this stuff, I try and get it so that the that they don't all necessarily go the same way. And you can actually read, Um, and in fact, foreign language dictionaries work really great for this because you don't want to understand. Well, I don't personally want understand what's going on. So this one here, where it's written in a different direction, this one is upside down or backwards. This one is going in a different direction. But I noticed, too, that some of them have words that I can read. And this one says her. Ross. So that's good. I like that word. But this one over here has a pocket ease and not a terrible word, but not necessarily one that I want on my bookmarks. So what I did while my ink where my paint was drying, I took the edges and some stamps and my ThinkPad and I just stamped out a few words. And this is completely optional. You don't have to do this is just something else to add to it. And I like to use the single letters because then I can stagger the letters. I can stick him close together. I can do all sorts of things where they don't. It doesn't look perfect. And so I got brave, and then I'm gonna take and cut it out and use apps more of that paper. And then all I'm going to do is take some more of my glass gel medium, and I'm going to glue those down in in different spots. So I've got joy. What a joy and brave, happy and grateful you can put in. Like I said, Any words that you want, I just usually try and go with something positive, because creating art always makes me happy. Okay, and let's put, we've so it almost blends into the background a little bit, and if you don't like it, don't put it in, you can take it out. It's completely up to you. And then I put two on the same one. So now I don't have another one for the other page or the other. All four. But I don't have to have them either, So because grateful is so much bigger and it's gonna cut through a lot of my shapes, I think I might, um, 21 there already. Um, I think I'm not gonna put great along, actually, I'm gonna take and I'm gonna put joy in the middle of the star. There you go. That's all I'm gonna do. So I have a brave and happy enjoy. And now I'm just gonna hit that with the heat gun, and then we'll go from there. So something else I'd like to do is like to add a little bit of white as well. Teoh again for contrast and make to make everything pop. So that's where my white fine liner applicators gonna come into play. So I'm gonna do the same thing. I'm going to squeeze out over a piece of tissue and hopefully not get any bubbles that if I do well, we'll just have to take those as they come. But now I'm just gonna go through and I'm just gonna randomly put through, put some dots just here and there. Just again for more visual interest. And I always like to do groups of three or five prefer to keep my number's odd. Vary the shapes and you don't have to put any. You don't have to put a lot a little goes a long way. So and I had a bubble on that one, but that's OK. And then I got lots. So we're gonna dab it and hopefully it's not gonna make too much miss. But we caught it in time. So not a big deal. Alright? Meant to be. So we're just gonna leave those ones and move on to the next page. 11. Finishing Touches 1: Okay. Everything's nice and dry, and we're ready to move on to now, separating our bookmarks. So those pencil lines that we did way back in the beginning, that's where we're gonna cut. I'm just gonna cut along each edge, all right? And now you can look at them separately and they look great. Bright, cheerful, very eye catching, So but we're not done yet. So I like to go in at the top, 3/4 of an inch indentation towards the center, and then I want to go down one full inch. So and then I just like to meet You can't meet those marks, and this will give me my guidelines. So now that I have my lines drawn, I'm just gonna take my scissors and cut off the corner, and then I'm gonna use this bookmark is a template to the next one. I'm just gonna find them up on those corners again, way have that nice miter corner. And now we can take our whole punch and just eyeball kind of in the center. I usually like to go down. I don't know. Let's measure here, so I like to go down About 1/4 of an inch and eyeball it center. It's not perfect, it's close. And so I like to do that for all four go, There's all our corners done are holes done? And now that secondary ink block that we had earlier in pad that we had. This is where it comes into play, so this is completely optional. But I like Teoh dark in the edges, and I just do it with an ink pad and I just rub the ink pad along Theo edge on a fall the edges. And if you're not comfortable doing this, you don't have to. Or you could practice on a spear piece of paper just to get comfortable with it, because sometimes you can go a little too straight on top, and then you get a bigger like you get more on the edge, but pledges doubts to it. In my opinion, it doesn't need to be perfect. And again, we're just going for subtle. And the biggest reason is Teoh, hide that pencil mark that we might not have cut exactly perfectly on. So that's all it is. And I just think that it adds a nice finished that do not on all four. - All right, we've got her for ready to go onto the next step 12. Finishing 2: Okay, so now we're gonna add the quotes for on the back, and now you can cut them out with the pair scissors, or you can tear them. I really like the touring look personally, So I just like to tear them and make the white is because you want, or little as you want. You could even use your stamps and stamp something on the back. Um, these I found I have come up with them on my owner. I found him on the Internet. Whatever the case may be, if I'm using a quote that can be attributed to somebody like Eleanor Roosevelt or Dr Seuss or whatever the case may be, I try and put credit downward. That is just just to be on the safe side. I don't think there's any rules to that or anything like that. I don't know, but this is your chance to be creative. If you aren't making this for a specific somebody, you could put in a quote that specifically they would know exactly what it is, and or you could just say that you love them or something positive or whatever the case may be. This is your chance to make this absolutely 100% personally yours. And so I will include a pdf of some of my favorite quotes that you can use but feel free to make up your own. And all I did was did them on the computer and printed the moat. You just wanna watch that if you're using a laser jet is fine, it will not run but a inkjet printer that the ink is not permanent right away. It will run, but if it's been printed and dried for a while, you'll be fine. So today we're doing, since I have four bookmarks I'm doing, today is a great day. You are my sunshine. You are enough and dare to be different. There's gonna tear those outs. And then I also like to thank the edges like we did on the sides of the book. Works, too. It helps it pop against that background so you can read that, but But it pops even more once you being the edges go. So it was done. And so we're gonna be gluing those down with Matt for with the gloss gel medium. But before I do that, sign your work, so I always signed in the left hand corner and I do my little signature different. So I like to do my initials. I have a funky level way. And I do that on all my paintings and my quirks. Anything that I do always read always in the left hand corner. And now this being another artist pit pen. As soon as I get these done and ready to go, that's going to be dry. And I don't have to worry about it running. So get my pant brush up on my Joe medium. Now, the other thing I like to do here is if I take those ones where I have a word on the front If I have a specific quote, maybe this is well, this is a good time to maybe match them together if you can. So, joy, how about you are my sunshine case Open that one there and then my brave and happy about dare to be different. They kind of go hand in hand, but they don't necessarily have to. And I don't have anything on the other two. So either one is good there and again, I'm just going Teoh put down. But I really like And make sure that you do the whole thing because remember back to the beginning. We did not finish this side with Jess Oh, or protected with anything so that this is our opportunity to do that. The other thing you can do here, too, is because it is a fairly small quote. If you had a bigger quote, it wouldn't matter. But you have us fairly small quote. Maybe we take one of those shapes that we didn't use or we did use on the front. I don't think I use this one, but there's nothing to say. I can't use it now and just have a little visual poverty at the bottom. Do that for the other string. 13. Ribbons: All right, We're gonna do our finishing touches. So our Baxter vice and dry now, and we have our signature. We have some visual interest. We have a positive quote stamp of necessary. If if that's what you want to do. A lot of times, if I have little flower stamps or little birds or butterflies or whatever, those look really cute right there. And now our finishing touch is to add a piece of ribbon to the top. So I have cut. I have a black and white ribbon which I think contrasts nicely with the black and white, uh, our accents and are bottom road and all I've done is it cut this to I think it's about five and 3/4 and then I have might earthy edges. So they're at a diagonal. Fold it in half. And with the top of the front of the card facing a bookmark facing me, I'm in a stick it through the whole to the back. I'm going, Teoh feed the ends through, loop it around and gently poll I don't wanna rip it out the top, and then you just have it stick up like so Do that for all four. Okay, there we go. 14. Good Bye: So here we are finished project. So hopefully that you've enjoyed this class as much as I have. One thing I didn't mention before is that gloss gel medium is very sticky. And if you store these together, they will stick. So make sure to store a piece like stick a piece of paper in between each one, so that doesn't happen. And please feel free to take pictures and share them with with the class. Or you can even tag me on instagram at Terra Mercer Art. Thanks everybody and take care.